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Crux - Julie Reece Let me start by saying this was a REALLY good book. I was hooked from page one and couldn't put it down! The story flows so well and keeps the reader entertained!

Birdie is a homeless teenager trying to turn her life around when an unexpected (or so she thinks) windfall comes her way. Grey is from a well-to-do family who wants to get to know her. Little do they know their lives are about to be changed forever.

Julie Reece created characters who are believable and lovable. I wanted to know more about them and turning the page was the way to do it. Even her periphery characters are well developed and add to the story instead of detracting from it.

One of the things I really liked about this story was Birdie's plight as a homeless teenager. Ms. Reece does an excellent job of giving the reader an insight into homeless teenagers, without beating the reader over the head. It's just part of the story and Birdie's life. It was very well done!

Another aspect I really liked about Ms. Reece's story is the research Birdie and Grey go through to find the answer. While it's integral to the final resolution of the problem, she doesn't belabor the point. Ms. Reece found a way to tell that part of the story without boring me to tears, she made it interesting.

The final battle was also well written. I often find writers who take the easy way out and give me an entirely too easy or cheesy confrontation. Ms. Reece does neither. She gives me a full on battle complete with struggles and tears. I loved it.

Overall this is a very good story that I could not put down. So, if it's so good, why only 4 stars? Well, I wanted a little more romance between Grey and Birdie. Yes, I know it was forbidden, that's what would have made it that much better! Gotta love forbidden romance!

I would love to see more of Birdie and Grey but I get the feeling this is a one shot deal.....bummer......

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.